United Nations Charter and the Veto Power
Rising Concern Over Obstruction by veto
The right of a single nation to block action desired by the other members of a world body responsible for maintaining peace is now under fire from two sides. Small states are challenging the general veto power granted by the United Nations Charter to the five permanent members of the Security Council. The United States and most of the other large and small states represented on the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission are insisting that the veto principle can have no place in international arrangements to safeguard against destructive uses of atomic power.
Russia's frequent exercise of her right of veto in the Security Council, on matters of less than the highest importance, has ...